1862 Army of the Potomac Circular to 2nd Corps - Signed by General Seth Williams - "Navy Needs at Once Thirty Seamen to Meet the Present Emergency"

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1862 Army of the Potomac Circular to 2nd Corps - Signed by General Seth Williams - "Navy Needs at Once Thirty Seamen to Meet the Present Emergency"

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Item No. 2896662

An interesting Army of the Potomac circular dated July 30, 1862 to Sumner of the 2nd Corps requesting volunteers to serve on Navy gunboats. The request was made during the conclusion of the Peninsula Campaign, while McClellan’s army huddled around Harrisons Landing on the James River. It was signed by General Seth Williams, who served as assistant adjutant general from August 1861 to March 1864. The circular reads:

Head-Quarters, Army of the Potomac
July 30th 1862

Circular

Sir:
Being informed by Commodore Wilkes that the Navy needs at once thirty seamen to meet the present emergency, the General Commanding desires you to report immediately whether any of your men are willing to volunteer for this service.

Very Respectfully,
S. Williams
Asst Adjt Genl

The circular is docketed on the reverse, indicating that it was sent to 2nd Corps Headquarters and was received the same day. The document measures about 4 3/4” x 8” and is in excellent condition. Minor foxing and toning. Creased where originally folded.

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